Spanish (English widely spoken)
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2 hours 35 minutes
Combine a love of football and food in Murcia by dining on patatas real Murcia at tapas bar, Las Mulas. Football is big in Spain, so much so that this tasty potato dish is dedicated to the local team. With an abundance of locally grown produce helped along by the mild winters and year long sunshine, it’s not hard to see why food plays such an important role in this area of southeast Spain.
So if you want to have a taste of ‘the real Spain’ then a holiday to Murcia has it all, fresh local food, beautiful architecture, miles of sandy beaches within driving distance, and most importantly, an authentically Spanish vibe.
Although a modern University city, Murcia dates back to the 9th century, and makes for a charming holiday base. Set inland away from the popular Costa Calida coastline the city is an oasis of calm. In the heat of summer take it easy mixing sightseeing around the old quarter of the city with frequent refuelling at one of the many bars and restaurants.
The Cathedral de Santa Maria, with its mix of gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architectural styles, can be found in the centre of Murcia. The climb to the top of the tower rewards you with a spectacular view of the city. Back on solid ground top up your tan as you wander through the beautiful Malecon Garden or learn about Murcia’s past at the 11th century Monteagude fortress. If you are the exploring type why not venture to the nearby town of Orihuela. Another popular choice by the Brits is a holiday to Cartagena.
No holiday to Spain is complete without sampling the food. Sit outside La Tapa at lunchtime and people watch across the Plaza de las Flores. Do as the locals do and bag yourself a table at the Meson del Corral de Jose Luis and try the local Murcian cuisine, which includes plenty of fresh seafood. Work off your dinner dancing the night away at one of Murcia’s clubs or sample the local wine at the Nuestro Bar.
A holiday to Murcia is more than just a city break. The region of Murcia is a diverse landscape of fertile plains, National Parks, medieval towns and the miles upon miles of sandy beaches of the Costa Calida. Take up water sports on the Mar Menor, a saltwater lagoon separated from the Mediterranean by a spit of land packed with popular beaches. Enjoy a round of golf at one of the three golf courses in the exclusive La Manga Club or pamper yourself at the spa.
For a city break combined with a beach holiday look no further than Murcia. Lastminute.com has money saving holidays to Murcia where you can enjoy all that this naturally beautiful area of Spain has to offer.
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